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THE SUNDAY OBEGONIAff, PORLAHD', , JA3STUAEY 21, 1900.
brighten the story. The piece Is said to
be well staged by the company which will
produce it at the Marquam, and which is
clalmwd to be one of uniform excellence.
The s.Ie of seats begins tomorrow morn
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Oh, sine m a song of the steadfast,
A cone of the stanch and the true,
"Whose -word is an armor of honor.
Who do what they promise to do.
The allies may be lowering above you,
And shadows may darken your way;
But the steadfast are shoulder to shoulder
la the night time, as well sa the day.
In & world where the shallow and heartless
The surface of pleasure but skim.
The steadfast may seem in the llme-llght
.A. jewel whose luster la dim.
Tet tte they who give us of heaven
X foretaste of limitless bliss.
For when you are supping with sorrow
Ko comfort can comfort like this:
To know that earth holds In Its keeping
A heart that can feel as you feel,
And the darker tlie way but the brighter
The Jewel the shadows reveal.
Then elng me a song of the steadfast.
And let me thank God that I know
Some hearts that embosom this Jewel
To brighten ny path with its glow!
ThoroTisIiIy Praia error thy Perform
ance of the Nelll Company of
Flayers at the Slartxuam.
Not especially deft In technique, nor
Instinct "with any compelling charm of
charm of originality of story or or
thought, there Is yet something very at
tractiveone cannot quite persuade oneself
to Bay the word, "winning" about "A
Bachelor's Romance." It Is the story of
a literary nan, a type that has iaxed none
ttoo well at the hands of the dramatist.
The literary man is Sir. David Holmes,
who Is the chief contributor to a weekly
paper of some repute, and who has a li
brary, with an outlet npon the roof, to
which, lie occasionally betakes himself, in
order to escape bores.
-There he has spent his years, until he is
almost within the autumn of life. So ao
eorbed has he become In his books that he
has had. no time to see his ward a young
lady of 17, to whom he continues to sena
dolls and rocking-horses. But the ward
comes to her guardian and the play ends
with their betrothal. It Is a simple play,
and one that might be presented before
the girls in a convent. It is somewhat
thin and weedy, and it has xeally jio story
at all; but here and there It has the rlgnt
touch, neither too slight nor too heavy
the proper admixture of daintiness, ten
darness and humor, that makes for the
success of such dramatic wares. Possessed
of some workmanlike qualities, it has one
or two passages which are colored with an
appreciable tinge of poetry.
"Wins Its "Way.
By reason of these merits which he who
runs may read1 the play wins Its way into
the heart of the audience, and becomes
worthy of respect, if not of enthusiasm,
One should be grateful ior Its freshness,
its occasional grace, and for Its measure
of restraint; in themselves virtues of no
ao mean order. One does not look to
gajther roses from gardenia plants, or
sweet peas from geranium stalks, and the
geraniums and the gardenias are good,
each after a fashion of their own.
The David Holmes of Mr. Nelll was" a
delightful personation. Mr. Nelll is always
effectively concerned' with, the lucidatlon
of the character, rather than with the
love story, which, with many an actor,
weuld have been the "sine qua non." Tne
chief quality of Mr. Neill's talent is
thoughtfulness. Added to this, there Is a
certain neatness and dexterity In detail.
He is lacking in the art of suggestion, and
In emotional range. The unworldly re
cluse, the aging bookworm, seemed before
us. He was so simple, so unselfish, so
kind and so deserving, that we saw him
made a wooer, in spite of himself, wltn
the greatest satisfaction.
Miss Dean is a most refreshing Ingenue.
She was Sylvia, the neglected ward, and
the new-found love, who came, as a ray
of sunshine, into the monastic life of the
bachelor. She is a winning little actress,
with a most pleasing air of. innocent arch
ness. Two admirable studies of old age were
the roles of Mulberry and Martin Beggs.
The former was acted by Mr. Burton, and
the latter by Mr. Shackelford. Both ot
them were graphic embodiments of sen-
ty, not only in voice and manner, but In
tnelr very clothes.
A Parley of Provocation.
It is an injustice to pass a single mem
ber of the cast without special mention,
but there remain three other plays which
must be noticed. The last act of "A
Bachelor's Homance" "sounds a parley of
provocation." The marriage fury seizes
-upon one and all, and the jubilation is
therefore excessive. We do not trouble
to follow them beyond the curtain. The
eound of wedding bells has always been
accepted as a satisfactory climax on the
I think It is Andrew Lang who said that
all the dying refrains of ballad, all the
fading echoes of story, all the memory of
the wild past, and all the legends of loch
and burn seem to have combined to in
form the spirit of Scott. Certain It Is
that, In his pages, the old years return
and men long dead have life asraln. It Is
a free air that blows there, and the men
are gallant, frank and Indomitable. Hon
or, love and friendship are the motive
which take the knight and ladles through
their lives of adventure. There is ever
the flash and clink cf swords; secret meet
ings in great chambers, or at lonely pos
tern gates; countless deeds of daring.
What a rich mine of romance those
pages are! What a prodigy of fancy, force
and industry was" their author; what a
prince of raconteurs. Scott wa3 not a
microscopical realist like Balzac. He drew
his pictures on broad lines'. His men and
women are either all good, or all bad.
The mass of mankind prefer such delinea
tions of human nature. That is one of
the reasons of Scott's popularity.
"Amy Bobsart" is a dramatization of
"Kenilworth." On the stage Amy is even
more angelic and more faultless than she
Is in the novel therefore, she is more
insipid. Varney appears before us un
abashed in all his nakedness villain,
knave, traitor and murderer.
Miss Chapman gae us Inklings of femi
nine fury, and so the sorrow of the luck
less Amy was somewhat relieved; but the
role Is one that requires all the Are and
passion of a Berhardt to save It from in
sipidity. -Miss Chapman acted the Tole
with no inoonsiderable sweetness ana
charm, and although there might have
been more poignancy at certain moments,
the ensemble of the personation was ex
Mr. Nelll was the Leicester. He showed
the same thoucbtful perfection of detail
that marks all his portrayals, and the
same lack of emotional warmth. His art
owes little to intention. Every character
he assumes is fairly complete a rounded
and finished whole. The actions are con
sistent with the character. There is al
ways evidence of an honest, an earnest
and a thoughtful effort to give a person
ation consistently elaborated. Sometimes
there is a passing hint of a pervasive dis
tinction. Mr. Howard was In every way excellent
as "Varney. One of the distinguishing
characters of Mr. Howard's acting is an
admirable and effective poise. It carries
with It much dramatic impressiveness. He
has also force and versatility.
Mr. Mc Vicars made a capital Tony Fos
ter, in make-up, voice and action; and Miss
Lamkin looked beautiful and was vigorous
I sincerely hope that few playgoers look
upon "Lord Chumley" as a classic of
modern comedy; that but few, If any, re
gard It with wistful tenderness, with a
tear In the eye and a lump in the throat,
I should be extremely sorry to jar upon
such feelings, and, moreover, I should re
gret exceedingly that their emotion should
not be better spent For, although "Lord
Chumley" succeeds in arousing much
laughter, It seems to me, technically, a
remarkably bad play. Tet it is just pos
sible that its power to amuse is its suf
ficient as well as Its sole justification.
The first act creates the atmosphere of
a modern society comedy, only to be dis
pelled by the farcical second act, and this,
In its turn, Is displaced by the unblushing
seldom that we are granted to witness
such intelligent and careful attention to
costumes, scenery, properties, and tne
many small, but none the less Important,
details which go to make up the general
ensemble of a theatrical production.
Everywhere and alwajs the hand of an
efficient stage manager Is In evidence. It
Is seldom that a company presenting a
half-dozen plays has shown us anything
finer in mounting, anything more excellent
In the art of mise en scene.
"Renz-Snntley Bnrlcsaue Compnny at
Cordray's All the "Weelc.
Beginning tonight, the well-known fa-
Sydney Grnndly's Problem Piny
Billed for Mnronam This Week.
Few plays have attracted more comment
than that bestowed upon Sydney Grundy's
"Sowing the Wind.'J. which comes to the
Marquam Grand Friday and Saturday of
this week. The public was at first shocked
at the frankness with which the play
wright tackled one of the delicate social
problems of civilization, but it was dis
covered, that the treatment of the subject
was serious and dev6Id of cause for of
fense. The story Is that of a girl thrown upon
the world from babyhood, without lawful
parents; growing up a .concert singer in
the great city of London and winning
triumphs in her profession. Durlhg her
career, she is met and loved by a young
man of good family and comfortable for
tune. The girl's name Is Rosamond, and
that of her lover "Ned" Annesley.
Ned is the adopted son of one Brabazon,
an aristocratic, elderly gentleman, who,.
In his younger years nad made a con
quest of a beautiful girl, Helen Gray, by
name, whose inferior eocial position for-
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HENRY CliAY BARNADEE, OF THE BOSTONIANS.
mous Renz-Santley novelty burlesque
company will play a week's engagement
at Cordray's. This is one of the oldest
organizations on the road, and usually
draws good houses. The company Is said
to be made up of excellent people this
season, and the entertainment it provides
is intended to keep the audience in good
humor from curtain to curtain. The pres
ent burlesque is entitled the "Masquerade
Eall," and among Its many features is the
famous "affair of honor," in which two
women fight a duel with swords Follow
ing the burlesque is an olio which intro
duces a number of specialties.
Among the members of the company
are: Gus Bruno, Al C- Lawrence, the
Palmer sisters, duettists and dancers; Leo
bade the idea of marriage, and several
months after their separation, the child
Rosamond was born. Brabazon never
learned of the existence of this child,
and the mother pursued a downward
course. When Brabazon is informed of
Ned's engagement, he finds Rosamond's
birth enveloped in mystery,' and he for
bids the marriage. This Is the founda
tion of the situations and dialogues that
Ned remains true to Rosamond and is
cast off by Brabazon. The girl appeals
to the old man, in behalf of her lover and
herself, and she is repulsed. She attacks
the masculine sex for its treatment of
womankind, and Brabazon, remembering
his own guilty past, undertakes to ex
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melodramatic air of the last act. It
would tako but three questions to con
found the plot and destroy all plausibility
of the most effective situations. But who
would thereby profit?
The play was thoroughly well done. All
the acting was good it had such a decided
swing to it, and there was a proper and a
cheerful enjoyment of the lines and situa
tions. The Lady Adeline Barker of Miss
Andrews was one of the -nest of the many
excellent things she has done. Mr. Bur
ton, as the retired merchant, was always
effective, and occasionally " 'llarious." Mr.
Neill's Chumley Is good enough to warrant
a very favorable comparison with the cre
ator of the role, Mr. Sothern. He was
steadily funny and laughter-exciting. He
Individualized Chumley into a specific
personage; his attitudes and facial expres
sions invariably hit the mark, and he was
always infectiously droll.
The performance of "Captain Swift,"
like every performance of the past week,
was admirable. It contained what is al
ways so delightful a very general excel
lencewhich met with its reward of en
thusiasm. The play Is the story of one of the class
of rogues who, in the old days, were called
plcaros. "Faithless, shameless, If not
joyless, the plaything of fortune, by turn
valet, gentleman, courtier, thief such
were the characteristics and the things
that befell the clever rascals of the pica
roon tales. "Captain Swift" is the suc
cessor of "The Life of Guzman de Aj
farache"; Mr. Wilding Is the descendant
of Gil Bias, of Claude Duval, of Jonathan
Wild and of Barry Lyndon. He Is the
same rogue who lives by his wits, who
sometimes makes serious moral reflec
tions, who sometimes satirizes the age, and
who affects, even in the most trying situa
tions, a supreme insouciance.
Mr. Neill's Wildlns Is worthy of praise
from many points of view. It had the
right flavor. One gained an Impression of
an intensity of life, hurrying, throbbing
and burning beneath the calm and com
During the past week the production of
every play presented by the Nelll company
has added very appreciably to the pleas
ures of the "theater-going public It is
Zanfretta, "Verdie Mansfield, John T. Ba
ker, Nina Bertollni, Louie Lynn, Gertrude
Grey and Frank Metzger. The songs and
specialties are said to be new. The usual
matinee will be given Saturday.
"LONDON LIFE" AT MARQUAM.
Will Hold the Boards Wednesday
and Thursday of This Week.
"London Life" will receive its first pro
duction In Portland at the Marquam
Grand, on Wednesday of the current
week, and will be presented also on Thurs
"London Life" tells a story that should
appeal to lovers of strong, emotional
drama. It was successfully produced In
Paris, London and New York, and in all
three cities the press proclaimed its ex
cellence, while the general public con
firmed the verdict by thronging the the
aters where it was presented. The plot of
the play is Interesting.
In the first act, an old baronet is found
to have married an adventuress, a Span
ish woman, who Is the secret ally of
Granger, the baronet's secretary. The in
timate relations of the precious pair are
at last discovered by the baronet's daugh
ter, Gladys, who, fearing the shock of the
discovery upon her father, refrains from
disclosing to him the situation. The bar
onet orders Gladys to marry Granger, but
her heart is already given to Lieutenant
Harry Maxwell. Enraged at her refusal,
the baronet turns Gladys out of doors.
In despair the girl throws herself Into
the river, but is saved by Jack Ferers,
known as "Happy Jack," a fellow of gen
erous Impulses, who has been falsely ac
cused by Granger of a forgery committed
by the secretary himself. Throughout the
remainder of the play. Jack Ferrers proves
himself the stanch friend of Gladys. Hl3
bravery and keen wit ultimately triumph
over the machinations of Granger and his
The climax of the play is brought about,
after an intensely thrilling scene, In which
Granger murders ihe baronet. Retribu
tion, of course, overtakes the malefactor,
while Jack and Gladys are assured the
usual future of prosperity and happiness.
The action of the play teems with striking
episodes, and numerous comedy scenes
cuse men of his kind. The controversy
grows in Interest and Intensity, and the
true relationship of the pair is finally
disclosed, and the play ends. There are
other Interests in the play, but they are
merely incidental, serving . to introduco
TWO NIGHTS ONLY, COMMENCING WEDNESDAY, JAN 24.
AN ORIGINAL DRAM
IE FIVE ACTS'
A STORY OF SYMPATHY AND W5IRTH.
And New York
Magnificent Scenic Embellishments Reproducing England's Historic Thoroughfare:
Fleet Street, Piccadilly; The Thames Embankment; London's Famous Pawnshop.
CROWDED HOUSES EVERYWHERE
Lower floor (except last 3 rows) $1.00 ' Last 6 rows - EOo
Last 3 rows 75c PRICES Gallery 25c
Balcony, first 6 rows 75c Seats on sale tomorrow morning.
TWO NIGHTS AND SATURDAY MATINEE, JANUARY 26 AND 27.
Farewell Engagement of the New York
Empire Theater Success
The Great Sex Against Sex Drarha.-
Presented withihe same care
that characterized the per
formances when last seen in
this city and during its run of 200
nights in New York. Superb cast
and all the original effects.
Lower Floor (except last 3 rows) ?L0O
Last 3 rows 75
Balcony, first 6 rows .75
Balcony, last 6 rows .50
Sale or seats begins Wednesday,
ONE WEEK, BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 29
America's Greatest Light Opera Company
All the favorites an Incomparable ensemble.
Brilliant chorus and orchestra.
Monday and Thursday Nights and Saturday
Matinee The Smugglers
Tuesday and Friday Nhjhts The Serenade
Wednesday and Saturday Nights Robin Hood
Seats on sale Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, fto orders received until
after tne line is broken.
Entire lower floor 51.50
Balcony, first 3 rows 1.50
Balcony, second 3 rows 1.00
Balcony, third 3 rows 75c
Balcony. last 3 rows 50c
Boxes and logea $10.00
comedy and to assist in developing the
THE BOSTONIANS TfEXT WEEK.
"Will Give a Week of Light Opera ni
The Bostonlans will begin a week's en
gagement at the Marquam Grand, Mon
day of next week, and the sale of seats
and boxes will open at the box-orllce of
the theater on Thursday morning next, at
10 o'clock. It is expected that there will
be as great a demand for seating accom
modations as was the case last season,
when the famous organization did so well
The Bostonlans are so well known in
this city that it is not necessary to sound
their praises at the present writing. They
are pleasantly remembered by all classes
of music-lovers, and It is safe to assume
that, with the repertoire announced for
next week, a profitable and brilliant sea
son of light opera may be expected. But
slight changes are noted in the personnel
of the company, but such as have been
mado have added to its strength. That
gonial comedian, Henry Clay Barnabee;
the popular baritone, "W. H. MacDonald,
and Helen Bertram, George Prothlngham,
W. H. Fitzgerald and Miss Josephine
Bartlett are, of course, among the singers
who were here last year, while among the
newcomers is the young contralto, Marcla
Van Dresser, who is credited with pos
sessing not only a fine contralto voice, but
stage presence and beauty of a most at
tractive kind. M'ss "Van Dresser is a re
gal brunette, and music-lovers who keep
In touch with current doings will remem
ber that she created a sensation in the
production of "The Great Ruby" at Daly's
theater, New York. Grace Cameron, a
dashing young lyric soprano; Frank Rush
worth nnd Frederick Knights, hand
some young tenors, and John Dunsmure,
the basso, are also of the company.
Among other singers with attractive per
sonalities, are Charles R. Haw ley, Edith
Hendee, Margaret Stewart, James E. Mil
ler and Harry Dale. A carefully selected
chorus of trained voices and an augment
ed orchestra, directed by S. L. Studley,
will again be features.
The repertoire for the week Is as fol-
lows: On Monday and Thursday- evenings
and Saturday matinee, the new light op
era, "The Smugglers"; on Tuesday and
Friday nights, Victor Herbert's "The Ser
enade"; on "Wednesday and Saturday
nights, "Robin Hood." The same scale of
prices that prevailed last season Is adopt
"IVIIili SOON VISIT HERE.
J "WagrejihalH and Kemper's Iteviial
of "The Winter's Tale."
Wagenhals and Kemper's "great star tri-
The Fra-rrley Engagement.
Among those who will appear with the
umvirate." Louis James. Kathryn Kidder I Frawlev comnanv at Cordray's soon Is
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and Charles B. Hanford, will be seen hero
at an early date. In a magnificent scenic
revival of Shakespeare's "The "Winter's
Tale," which has not been attempted In
this country, until this season, since Mary
Andereon's revival at Palmer's theater, in
New York, 11 years ago. Managers Wag
enhals and Kemper have given this classic
comedy a magnificent mounting, one of the
finest ever given a Shakespearean r'vival.
A corps of artists was employed on the
production from May until September. The
models vere taken from the most authen
tic Greek sources, designed by Abbey and
painted by Bradley and Corbett. The pro
duction 13 embellished with costly Grecian
antiquities, and all the elaborate draperies,
properties and furniture are carried by
the management. The costumes are from
Hermann, from designs by Anderson.
Miss Kidder will be seen in the dual role
of Hermlone and Perdlta, the characters
In which Mary Anderson made her fare
well appearance on the stage. Mr. James
will have a congenial part in Autolycus.
and Mr. Hanford will be the King Leontes.
A company of exceptional ability sur
rounds the stars, among whom are the vet
erans, Harry Langdon, John Ellsler and
Mrs. Henry Vandenhoff.
praise from New York critics In the char
acter of Hohenstauffen, in a play of hl3
own writing. Mr. Clement has been se
cured by MIS3 O'Nell for her Australian
tour, and will be seen in Portland when
she comes to Cordray's, February 2. Miss
O'Nell herself is exceedingly popular In
Portland, and is practically assured of
crowded houses on her return. She will
present "Macbeth," Ibsen's "Hedda. Gab
bler," and "East Lynne."
Miss- Minette Barrett, who will be remem
bered here as Miss Minnie Smith. Mr.
Frawley Is now playing to big business at
the California theater, in San Francisco,
and, under his direction, his company has
become one ot the strongest on the coast.
He will give some of the best plays in his
repertoire during his engagement in Port
land. Interest In the engagement in
creases as the date of its opening draws
Rapid Rise of a Yonng Actor.
Clay Clement, who Is now supporting
Nance O'Nell, has come to the front rap
Idly In his profession. Not many years
ago he was playing in stock In Port
land, and, while giving promise of greater
achievement at that time, it was with
considerable surprise that Portlanders
learned that he had won the highest
"The Dll's House" Comlngr.
Among the attractions which will soon
appearatCordray's Is "The Doll'3 House,"
to be presented by Miss Clara Thropp. one
of the first exponents of the Ibsen drama
In America. Miss Thropp ha3 been seea
In Portland and Is popular here. "While
here last season, she lectured on "Ibsen"
before the Woman's Club, and made many
acquaintances among students of litera
ture. She Is said to have a strong com
pany this year, and to have played to good
Minstrels at Cordray's Soon.
Richards and Prlncles' minstrels "will
be one of the attractions at Cordray'a
theater soon. This is one of the best
known minstrel companies on the road,
and has been increasing In popularity year
by year. It i3 said to have some excel
lent specialty people and singers In t3
ranks this season, and a thoroughly good
band. There are many new features
claimed for the entertainment the minstrels)
will give In Portland.
People's Popular Playhouse
JOHN F. CORDRAY, Manager
OME WEEK, COMMENCING TONIGHT, SUNDAY, JANUARY 21
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